13 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Linux

Photoshop is the most popular photo editing software on the planet – a title that should come to you as no surprise having seen its thousand and one features. Photoshop, in the hands of an expert, can make the imaginably impossible come to life via images.

Written in C++ and Pascal, Photoshop was created by Adobe Inc. and was first released in 1990 since then, it has become the standard for vast areas in digital art.

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As nice as that sounds, Photoshop doesn’t have any desktop clients for Linux users. While the reason for Adobe’s behavior is still up for debate,

I will rather spend my time compiling a list of the best alternatives that you can use in the meantime. In most cases, you wouldn’t even need Photoshop any longer.

With that being said, here are the best Adobe Photoshop alternatives for Linux. This list concentrates on software that mirrors Photoshop’s features so I wouldn’t include apps that like Inkscape.

1. Pixlr

Pixlr is an online free but closed-source image editing software that gives users the ability to creatively manipulate images using different editing tools and millions of free effects.

Pixlr has app clients for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac where it has reached over 500 million users and over 10 billion edited images in total.

While it doesn’t have a Linux app yet, Linux users can enjoy all of its features by using both of its online versions in their browser for free to create and edit stunning images.

Pixlr - AI Image Generator
Pixlr – AI Image Generator

2. Photopea

Photopea is a free advanced image editor for creating and manipulating raster graphics online. It runs in the browser but works locally so you can use it even when you’re offline.

Photopea is designed to be a replica of both Photoshop’s UI and many of its features including working with filters, masks, layers, vectors, smart objects, key bindings, etc.

It also features support for working with other popular graphics formats such as .XD, RAW, .sketch, PSD, and XCF.

If you need a legally free version of Photoshop that you can use on any computer, you can’t go wrong with Photopea. It is completely free to use as long as you don’t mind the displayed ads.



GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source image editing program created with sophisticated tools for graphic designs, illustrations, photography, and creative scientists.

It almost offers the complete Photoshop feature list that most image editors need including the most commonly-used Photoshop tools such as color correction, magic wand, brushes, layers, artboards, filters, etc.

You can also customize GIMP to set up preferred key bindings and even apply a skin to make GIMP look like Photoshop as well as to imitate its keyboard shortcuts.


Gimp is included in the official package repository of your Linux distribution and it is the recommended method of installing GIMP.

$ sudo apt install gimp  [On Debian/Ubuntu]
$ sudo yum install gimp  [On CentOS/RHEL]
$ sudo dnf install gimp  [On Fedora]

4. Krita

Krita is a free, cross-platform, and open-source painting application aimed at providing affordable art tools in order to enable everyone to be able to create beautiful, professional digital paintings.

It is also an excellent app for creating concept art, comics, and illustrations because of its wide feature set including layers, artboards, brushes, the pen tool, infinite undo/redo, layer masks, HDR support, color palette, and drawing assistance tools, to mention a few.

Krita started as KImageShop, an initiative started by members of the KDE project who chose to develop an app in the family of the KOffice suite.

The project aim is to build a GUI shell around ImageMagick with plugin support, and long story short, 10 years and 2 name changes later, Krita is here free of charge with full compatibility with GIMP plugins and tons of other image manipulation tools.

Krita - Digital Painting
Krita – Digital Painting

Install Krita on Ubuntu and its derivatives such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS, etc. using the official PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install krita

For other Linux distributions, you can download Krita AppImage and run it directly without installing it.

5. Darktable

Darktable is a free, open-source, and cross-platform photo editing application created by photographers for photographers. It enables you to professionally deal with digital files including negatives and raw images.

It offers all photo editing tools in Photoshop such as custom filters, however, unlike raster editors like GIMP and Photoshop, Darktable implements image editing tools that enable non-destructive raw photo post-production.

Darktable is capable of so many features including zero-latency, supporting a variety of image formats, GPU-accelerated image processing, color management, etc.


Darktable is included in the official package repository of your Linux distribution and it is the recommended method of installation.

$ sudo apt install darktable  [On Debian/Ubuntu]
$ sudo yum install darktable  [On CentOS/RHEL]
$ sudo dnf install darktable  [On Fedora]

6. digiKam

digiKam is a free and open-source photo management application with integrated features for handling libraries, raw files, XMP metadata, and basic image editing.

It features a Photoshop-like UI and is available for free on Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms. digiKam provides users with the ability to process bulk photos which they can import and export, organize using tags, and edit metadata.

The basic image editing options if offered are not as many as those in Photoshop but it undoubtedly outnumbers the list in many other photography apps.


digiKam is added to the official package repository of your Linux distribution and it is the recommended method of installation.

$ sudo apt install digikam  [On Debian/Ubuntu]
$ sudo yum install digikam  [On CentOS/RHEL]
$ sudo dnf install digikam  [On Fedora]

7. Pinta

Pinta offers a lightweight option for quick image edits, providing essential features that include easy drawing tools such as freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, etc, 35 adjustments, and effects for tweaking your images without overwhelming users. Its simplicity makes it an ideal choice for those looking for an image editing solution.

Pinta’s lightweight nature is a boon for Linux users looking for a nimble alternative. It loads quickly and operates smoothly even on systems with modest hardware specifications, ensuring that users can swiftly accomplish their editing tasks without delay.

Pinta - Drawing and Image Editor
Pinta – Drawing and Image Editor

8. Inkspace

Inkscape is like a strong buddy for Linux users who want to do cool designs. It’s kind of like Photoshop, but it’s written in a language called C++. Inkscape is special in its scalability, versatility, and open-source nature.

It’s easy to use, especially if you’re into drawing or designing things. It’s like a friendly bridge from Photoshop, with lots of similar features. Inkscape is all about making sure your designs look just right, and you can use it for lots of different types of design work.


9. Shotwell

Shotwell is great especially when it comes to handling photos. Unlike Photoshop, which can be a bit heavy, Shotwell is lighter but still gets the job done for organizing and editing pictures on Linux.

Its easy-to-use design makes it simple for users to manage their photo collections smoothly. While it might not have all the editing tools of Photoshop, Shotwell stands out for being straightforward and efficient.


10. Blender

Blender, a powerhouse among Photoshop alternatives for Linux, revolutionizes the creative landscape. Initially renowned for 3D design and animation, Blender has seamlessly expanded its repertoire to encompass robust image editing capabilities.

From intricate modeling to intricate digital paintings, Blender provides a versatile canvas for Linux users. Its cross-platform compatibility and continual community-driven development make Blender an exceptional choice, bridging the gap for graphic designers, artists, and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive and free alternative on the Linux platform.

Blender - 3D Design and Animation
Blender – 3D Design and Animation

11. PhotoFlare

PhotoFlare offers a streamlined yet robust image editing experience to Linux users providing essential tools for quick and effective photo adjustments. Its intuitive interface ensures a user-friendly environment, making it accessible to both beginners and experienced editors.

As a lightweight option, PhotoFlare stands out for its nimble performance on Linux systems. Whether you’re looking to enhance colors, apply filters, or perform basic edits, PhotoFlare caters to a diverse range of editing needs, earning its place among the top Photoshop alternatives for the Linux community.


12. RawTherapee

RawTherapee is a strong competitor to Photoshop allowing users to handle advanced photo editing, especially focusing on working with RAW image files. It’s made in a programming language called C++, and this makes it precise and versatile, perfect for photographers who want professional-grade editing.

RawTherapee comes with lots of features, like tools to fix colors and manipulate images in advanced ways. It’s an open-source program, meaning anyone can see and modify its code, and it works on different operating systems. For Linux users, RawTherapee is a solid choice for editing photos at a high level, similar to what Photoshop offers.


13. MyPaint

MyPaint is designed for artists using Linux, offering a free and fun way to draw on your computer. It’s like having a virtual canvas that feels natural and exciting.

Artists can use it easily, and it has lots of different brushes and tools to help them create. MyPaint is perfect for digital painting, and it’s designed to be simple and easy to use.

So, if you’re a Linux user looking for something like Photoshop, MyPaint is a standout choice. It’s all about making digital art enjoyable and user-friendly for everyone.

MyPaint - Digital Painting
MyPaint – Digital Painting

The options mentioned above make sure you have all the features and tools you need. Each and every software does something special, showing how diverse and creative the Linux community is.

Try out these alternatives, explore their features, and redefine your creative process on Linux.

Do you know other excellent Photoshop alternatives that Linux users will enjoy working with? Drop your comments in the section below.

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15 thoughts on “13 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Linux”

  1. Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your website by accident, and I’m stunned why this accident didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it

  2. I don’t know about Photoshop alternatives but for me online editors are great. They really save me when I’m using the Chromebook.

  3. also I want to encourage linux users to use Google Picasa, the old PC version, it works great under wine, and for quick and basic photo correction and management it is easily the most useful piece of software for 8mages that can be used on linux. Off course it has less tools than, say, gimp, but it is a masterpiece 8n terms of user friendliness, learning curve and usefulness. I can’t agree woth Google’s decision to abandon it in favor of web service based pjoto editor. The old PC version of Picasa, which can still be downloaded, is always among first things I install on any linux, right after instaling wine.

    • Cool suggestion. While I can’t put a discontinued app in a “best” list, Picasa for desktop is surely worthy of mention.

      Also, I hope Google incorporates all its features into Google Photos especially since that’s where they claim to have put their concentration.

  4. I would lve this list to include rawtherapee. it is not limited to RAW images, and is really worth talking about.

  5. I have found GIMP to be quite capable. I agree that it may not have all of Photoshop’s capabilities but I think it is getting close. The available plugins are staggering and becoming more so almost daily.
    GIMP is being used by professionals and amateurs alike and they are managing to achieve some fantastic results with it
    I have used the GIMP for almost as long as I can remember. Long enough to have become very proficient with it. I rarely run into situations that GIMP lacks the capabilities needed to solve.
    I have listened to Michael’s podcasts and I believe him to be on point. He may be right on the money with this but I personally have found GIMP to be an amazing piece of work. The fact that it’s FOSS makes it even more so.
    This may not be the accurate article in it’s scope but, as always, I appreciate you and your efforts. You nail it far more often than not, Martin’s.

  6. Comparing Photoshop alternatives is like comparing apples to oranges. Linux needs Photoshop or Affinity Photo runs under Wine or have a native Linux version. Until then, those who work with those tools will have no choice but to use Windows or Mac.

  7. “Dartable is capable of so many features including zero-latency, supporting a variety of image formats, GOU accelerated image processing, color management, etc.”

    You have a few spelling mistakes in there “Dartable” and “GOU”.

    I’d also recommend suggesting the installing via Snaps where possible. It will give the user the most recent version of the software over what’s available in the repositories. For example, GIMP via a Snap gets you the latest version but the repositories are a version or two behind.

  8. I appreciate most of the articles you share here but this one missed the mark.

    GIMP = “It almost offers the complete Photoshop feature list including all the most commonly-used Photoshop tools such as color correction, magic wand, brushes, layers, artboards, etc.”

    GIMP is not even close to that claim to the point it is absurd. If you want to claim it is close enough for the average user to use instead then totally agree but claim it has almost the complete feature set is absurd. I would say it doesnt even have like 40%.

    Krita is a GREAT drawing app BUT it is not an image manipulation program like Photoshop so not an alternative.

    Darktable is an alternative to LightRoom NOT Photoshop.

    digiKam is an organizer . . . not in the same category at all that Photoshop is in.

    Pixlr = is actually an alternative so that’s 2.


    “I have been careful not to include excellent image editing software that
    are better fitting alternatives to other Adobe products e.g. Inkscape for Illustrator and Rawtherapee for Lightroom.”

    Except 3 out of the 5 are not Photoshop alternatives and Darktable is the same purpose of Rawtherapee

  9. Photopea.com is another good alternative. It runs in your browser, but completely local, so it’s fast, once it’s loaded. It goes out of it’s way to mimic Photoshop’s interface, so it’s a very familiar interface, if you’re used to it.


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